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Following the arrival of a huge convoy of military reinforcements from Iraq, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began its long-awaited northern Deir Ezzor offensive.

Slashing through sparsely populated desert terrain, the SDF bypassed a number of ISIS strongpoints and shortly after captured the large Al-Kibar Military Base in a remarkable coup. This base is located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

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Effectively, US-backed forces have reached forward positions just 45 kilometers north of the provincial capital, applying significant pressure on the Islamic State.

In related news, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) tried to lift the siege on Deir Ezzor Airbase but were foiled by well prepared ISIS militants in Deir Ezzor city on Monday.

Meanwhile, Amaq Agency published two photos from the Raqqa countryside depicting an anti-tank missile wipe out a SDF technical:

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Good news that anti IS forces try to reach Deir Ezzor. Good for moral and drawing away IS forces from the town.

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In my opinion it’s bad news. The SAA has resisted for too long to just allow the Kurds to take half of the city. The SAA will still be besieged, but by the Kurds this time (although not hostilely). All it takes is a Hasakah type situation for the Kurds to betray the SAA and take full control of the SAA. IMO the SAA needs to race to Deir ez Zor and support the defenders to retake the city as well as all land south of the Euphrates.

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IMHO we agree about the past: The Kurds were mercurial allies at best.

But IMHO they will change attitudes. Assad will prevail. The Kurd YPG and the Assad regime will need a political solution that gets Erdogan’s TA out of Syria.

Combined they might be strong enough.

p.s. YPG is also at odds with the Barzani East Kurdistan – so no partner in view = no back stabbing possible.

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Very good 🙂 They can open fire on the other side of the river. I hope they will do.

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“Following the arrival of a huge convoy of military reinforcements from Iraq…” Fake news. No such thing happened.

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AFAIR You are right. There was no huge Kurdish reinforcement – but a convoy with much appreciated heavy gear from Iraq.
It was not made clear originally whether this material would be allocated to the Deir Ezzor or the Raqqa offensive drive.

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I smell German/French spec ops sending some Giat 20mm auto-cannons and Milan missiles 😉 Gosh, have you seen this 20mm in action? A single shell puts a Humvee on the roof and if there was a low pass aerial attack, you lock and follow a F-16 while shooting shells that a single one is enough to blow the plane : these little flechete-shells are devastating and the system is near a CIWS except there’s someone in on a seat. A good 100-150 were sent in Iraq last year.

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You are too enthusiastic. Most likely gear to help against VBIED and maybe (older) tanks as siege guns. No idea whether modern stuff like GIAT 20mm or Milan. More likely the ubiquitous old Russian design copied all over the ex- communist East EC. p.s. German Bundestag did not authorize fighting missions in Syria – training for missions against IS no more. German army is not like US or another country deep state. German lawmakers can and will eventually come to check. That was for example the problem when the Sultan did not allow MdB to visit soldiers in Turkey. No… Read more »

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SDF rechaza a los traidores Peshmergas, Barzani es aliado de Erdogan.